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wkatmSmoke and Fire and Rain and Wind...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2015


After being demobilized off of the massive Reynolds Fire, my wife and I took an afternoon off to give Mt. Henkel a go. Partway up the south couloir route, I noticed what turned out to be the massive column of the Thompson Creek fire erupt to the south... confused as to what I was seeing, I assumed it was a building thunderhead, as we were seeing darker clouds moving through. It wasn't until arriving back in town later that we knew what we were witnessing.

Overall, a fun scramble with sensational views, even through the smoke.
Posted Oct 28, 2015 9:31 pm

GlacierCountryVolume IV  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2014


Climbed with Blake Passmore to gather route beta for volume iv of his Climb Glacier National Park books. Straight forward route finding with plenty of options. Great views and a couple other peaks to be bagged from there if desired.
Posted Aug 9, 2014 1:04 am

bobkalanickS. Couloir Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2013


Climbed with St. Mary Lodge coworkers on July 22nd 2013. Excellent Day!
Posted Apr 13, 2014 12:30 am

DansmlgnpHenkle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2013


A great scramble with Mike McMullen. Amazing views.
Posted Dec 13, 2013 2:18 pm

PewmaAltyn Henkel  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2012


Did Alytn and Henkel together in 2012.
Posted Oct 15, 2013 4:35 pm

wiredroachUnmatched Summit Views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2013


Hiked this with friends Julie and Jamie. We took the south couloir route on a gloomy, overcast morning that looked like it might turn into a nasty, wet day. Fortunately the clouds kept lifting the higher we climbed, and we were rewarded with what might be my new favorite summit view in Glacier. Gorgeous day. We got a bit of rain and tiny hail on the way down, but nothing bad.

The worst part of the climb is the first of the three main sections: the ascent up the right side of the first streambed. All of the cliff strata slope down to the left as you climb and are covered with ball-bearing scree that makes footing feel really tenuous. Once you're above that into the middle red argillite basin, the route is really fun on much better rock. We went up the west ridge and descended via the east ridge/scree run. Great day all in all.
Posted Jul 29, 2013 10:27 am

MlaskyFun Scramble  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2013


Fun scramble, but more than 1/2 day, probably because we were taking our time route finding. Perfect weather for us. Views were stunning!
Posted Jul 20, 2013 5:58 pm

WOLFrisingLate start  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2013


So we didn't make it to Crowfeet. Beautiful views of some really impressive peaks! Climbed with Eliska, Tim, and Sona.
Posted Jul 10, 2013 2:10 pm



2010 - w/ Tyler Haasch, in combination w/ Appikuni and Crowfeet.
2012 - w/ Xenja Poljakowa, in combination w/ Appikuni.
Posted Feb 24, 2013 7:09 pm

DrewWilkersonCrowfeet too  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2012


Climbed Henkel first then headed to crowfeet with a group of 6.
Posted Feb 23, 2013 4:43 pm

larch32Fun day  Sucess!
Climbed with Crowfeet.
Posted Mar 5, 2012 11:14 pm

RoryKuykendallSouth Couloir Route   Sucess!


Really fun climbing. Incredible views. Probably my favorite half day climb in the park so far. I'd been wanting to climb this ever since I was a little kid staring at it while vacationing at the cabins at Swiftcurrent.
Posted Oct 22, 2011 2:43 pm

GNPgumpySouth Couloir Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2011


Also did Crowfeet with Rod. What an awesome day.
Posted Aug 8, 2011 11:10 pm

KaraSouth Couloir  Sucess!


Wonderful climb in the summer of 96. The minimal clouds swirled around us at the summit, closing and opening up breathtaking views.
Posted Jul 30, 2010 2:35 pm

EarMountainMount Henkel  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2003


2003 lead GMS Henkel and Crowfeet
2002 lead GMS from Apikuni
1983 with Bill from Apikuni and on to Crowfeet.
Posted May 25, 2010 2:34 pm

TwaMontanaHenkel  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2009


Climbed the South Ridge with several other members of the GMS. It was pouring rain when we started, about an hour in the sky cleared up and it turn in to a beautiful day. We went on to Crowfeet from here.
Posted Oct 5, 2009 11:44 am

bfrenchHenkel  Sucess!


Climbed with pops a few years ago.
Posted Apr 27, 2009 11:49 pm

distressbarkRoute Climbed: western ridge from Crowfeet Mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2008


Climbed after mile-long ridge walk from Crowfeet Mountain. The ridge walk is fantastic. I lived at Many Glacier all summer and really had no idea that Kennedy Lake was hiding back there! Watched three groups of mountain goats scramble across the nearly sheer 2,000 foot eastern face of Crowfeet; as if I needed any more reasons to further appreciate these magnificent animals...

Also climbed on July 15, 2009. Ascended via the impressive South Couloir. Wonderful rock formations all around, including some mesmerizingly large piece of ancient rippled sea floor. We ascended directly up the large scree slope for the last 1,000 feet or so, and had to deal with crumbly class III cliffs en route to the summit. Returned via the same route.

Also climbed on June 28, 2010 via South Ridge. Far and away the most enjoyable ascent route! Solid footing, very little scree slogging. Somewhere around 1/2 way up the ridge, a large cliff is encountered, but a spectacular goat trail leads to the west and utilizes an easy break. From there, regained the ridge and more or less a walk up from there. Descended via the South Couloir to marvel at the amazing cascades and rock formations.

Fourth time up on June 15, 2013. Ascended the South Ridge, then traversed over to Crowfeet Mountain before descending to Ptarmigan Lake.

And a fifth time on July 11, 2013. Ascended South Ridge, descended South Couloir. I will never tire of spending time on this incredible mountain. Of all the peaks in the Many Glacier area, this very well may be my favorite.
Posted Dec 17, 2008 1:47 pm

jimeganMT HENKLE  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 1993





Posted Feb 6, 2008 4:51 pm

Stu BrandelNewlywed Newbies  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 1988

Stu Brandel

Please forgive this 20 year old summit post. This was my wife and I's first summit together. The accessibility and nearness to Swiftcurrent cabins will tempt the less experienced, which included myself 20 years ago. The route up the south couloir through the red cliffs was not 'obvious' (see referenced guidebook) to us - but we struggled up to the spectacular top. But our inexperienced eyes were even more clueless the way down - and we had a terrifying descent from ledge to ledge down the cliffs. This was the first time I ever wanted to kiss the level earth when we finished. So if you are a new hiker, don't underestimate this wonderful mountain. Do it - but follow the route shown in this site.
Posted Jul 8, 2007 4:18 pm

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